Buying a new car can be an exciting time, but with plenty of options on the market, the decision can quickly become overwhelming. While we may get distracted by sleek looks and the power under the hood, finding a vehicle that gives you lots of space and allows you to pack away plenty for the weekend – without the price tag of a 4WD – is a no-brainer at the dealership. As a result, it’s no shock that SUVs have become such a popular choice for Aussie motorists. But which model should you be looking at, and should you be looking at small SUVs, or potentially mid-size SUVs or even something larger?
To help narrow down the search, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries releases a monthly report on the top-selling cars in Australia, showing which models are proving most popular on our roads. Check this page for regular updates on the best-selling SUVs, with April 2022 top-sellers listed below:
- Toyota RAV4
- Mazda CX-5
- MG ZS
- Toyota Prado
- Toyota Kluger
- Kia Sportage
- Mitsubishi ASX
- MG HS
- Mazda CX-30
- Mitsubishi Pajero Sport
#1 Toyota RAV4 – 3,373 sales
Selling over 3,300 units in April, the Toyota RAV4 is available in GX, GXL, Cruiser and Edge varieties, giving motorists plenty of choices to get behind the wheel of. Drivers can also choose from a 6speed manual or 6speed automatic for the majority of the RAV4 range, with the Edge coming equipped with an 8speed auto transmission, with 2WD or AWD options – including electric AWD – additionally available on most models.
Available with Toyota’s Safety Sense – which includes features such as Pre-Collision Safety, Lane Departure Alert, Active Cruise Control, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Blind Spot Monitors – RAV4 models primarily come equipped with a 2.0L hybrid engine, while the Edge packs a 2.5L petrol engine under the hood, suitable if you’re looking to put your foot down.
#2 Mazda CX-5 – 2,701 sales
Mazda’s flagship SUV model, the CX-5 is proving is still has what it takes in the SUV market, selling over 2,700 models for April. The CX-5 is available in multiple models, including the Maxx, Maxx Sport, Touring, GT and Akera, the CX-5 provides plenty of comfort and safety for drivers, with the 360° View Monitor and a 7inch LCD infotainment unit available on select models, with the Mazda Radar Cruise Control for additional comfort.
Now available with a turbocharged SKYACTIV-G 2.5T engine – capable of churning out 140-170kW of power – the CX-5 also contains i-ACTIV AWD, which utilises real time data from 27 different monitors to improve driver safety, regardless of the conditions. For those looking to put the foot down, a Kuroi Sports pack is additionally available for purchase, as are 19inch alloys and cargo illumination, to help personalise your ride.
#3 MG ZS – 1,923 sales
First launching in 2017, the MG ZS is a crossover SUV from SAIC Motor-owned MG, and currently only offers the Excite model, although previously offered the Excite Plus and Essence models for drivers to get behind the wheel of. Selling over 1,900 units in April, the ZS Excite includes features such as LED daytime running lights, an 8inch touchscreen infotainment unit and 17inch alloys, alongside rear parking sensors and EPS power steering.
The Excite is powered by a 1.5L engine and is front-wheel drive, and additionally comes equipped with synthetic leather trim, leather steering wheel, roof rails and a 6-speaker audio system for driver and passenger comfort while out on the road.
#4 Toyota Prado – 1,631 sales
One of Toyota’s more popular vehicles, the Prado sold over 1,600 units in April. Available in a number of models, including the GX, GXL, VX and Kakadu, each with 4WD and a 2.8L Turbo Diesel engine, providing plenty of grunt.
With five and seven-seat options available for families, the Prado includes Active Traction Control, Hill-start Assist and a 9inch touchscreen infotainment unit, with the Kakadu model equipped with Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System, Adaptive Variable Suspension and Multi-Terrain Select to make your journey (both on-road and off-road) comfortable. With bullbars, weathershields, and roof racks also available as additional extras, the Prado would be a useful addition in any lifestyle.
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#5 Toyota Kluger – 1,381 sales
Another one of Toyota’s long-standing models, the Kluger – otherwise known as the Highlander overseas – is a mid-size SUV that first rolled off production lines in 2000. Now in its fourth generation, the Kluger offers an option between the Prado and RAV4 within the Japanese brand’s SUV line-up, and proves to be a popular option for motorists, selling under 1,400 models in April.
Available as a GX, GXL or Grande model, the Kluger features either a 3.5L V6 engine or a 2.5L Hybrid engine, with base models equipped with 2WD, while most of the line-up features AWD. Other features also include a 7-seat capacity, 2,000kg braked towing capacity, 18inch alloy wheels, automatic retractable side mirrors and Toyota Safety Sense technology for equal parts safety and comfort when you’re on the road.
#6 Kia Sportage – 1,327 sales
With the S, SX, SX+ and GT-Line models available, the Kia Sportage has become an increasingly popular model for the Korean model, selling over 1,300 models in April. With petrol and diesel engines available on each model, you can also choose between manual and automatic transmissions with the majority of models, with select models also coming equipped with AWD.
The S model comes equipped with 17inch alloy wheels, an 8inch touchscreen infotainment unit, Blind Spot Collision Avoidance Assist, daytime running lights and LED headlights, while the SX includes Sat Nav, a 12.3inch infotainment unit, front parking sensors and 18inch alloy wheels, giving you plenty to choose from, with more features included in the more expensive models.
#7 Mitsubishi ASX – 1,300 sales
Adding plenty of competition to the SUV market, the Mitsubishi ASX sold exactly 1,300 units in April. Most models come equipped with 18inch alloy wheels, LED Daytime Running Lights, a panoramic glass roof with retractable sunshade and LED mood lighting, giving you plenty of comforts for the drive.
The ASX also comes equipped with the Smartphone Link Display Audio system, which is connected to an 8inch infotainment touch screen, capable of making and receiving phone calls, sorting out your music as well as a variety of other creature comforts. The interior also includes steering wheel controls in addition to adjustable seats to help pack away those weekend camping essentials, with heated seats also available on select models.
#8 MG HS – 1,235 sales
Another compact SUV from MG, the HS first rolled off production lines in 2018, replacing the MG GS, and is currently still in its first generation. Selling over 1,200 units in April, the MG HS comes in plenty of models, including the Core, Vibe, Excite, Excite X, Essence, Essence X and Essence Anfield limited edition model, giving motorists plenty to choose from.
The base level Core includes features such as 17inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, a 10.1inch infotainment unit, the MG Pilot Driver Safety Suite, rear parking sensors, rear view camera alongside a 1.5L turbo engine and FWD. The Essence additionally includes leather sports seats, heated front seats, a panoramic sunroof and a 360-degree camera, while the Essence Anfield also includes a 2.0L turbo AWD engine and limited edition interior designs.
#9 Mazda CX-30 – 1,175 sales
First going on sale in 2019, the Mazda CX-30 is one of the newest additions from the Japanese brand, having been modelled on the fourth generation Mazda 3. Made to be the middle ground for those not sold on the slightly smaller Mazda CX-3 or larger CX-5, the Mazda CX-30 proved to be a popular alternative on Australian roads, with over 1,100 units sold in April.
Available in multiple models, including the G20 Pure, G20 Evolve, G20 Touring, G20 Astina in addition to the G25 Touring and G25 Astina, the Mazda CX-30 includes an Active Driving Display to help you keep an eye on your vitals, a 360-degree View Monitor to help keep an eye on your surroundings and Off-Road Traction to assist when you decide to go off the beaten track.
#10 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport – 1,124 sales
The largest SUV from Mitsubishi, the Pajero Sport is now in its third generation, first rolling off production lines in 1996. Selling over 1,100 units in April, the Pajero Sport is available as either a 5-seat or 7-seat model, but is only available with automatic transmission and a diesel engine, although you can choose between a 2WD or 4WD drivetrain.
With GLS, GLX, Exceed and GSR models available, base models include an 8speed transmission, 3-tonne towing capacity, adaptive cruise control and selectable off-road modes for the 4WD models, with additional features such as leather seats, Sat-Nav, power tailgate, Blind Spot Warning, heated front seats and improved audio on the upgraded models.
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Which SUV should I buy?
While seeing what other people have bought may be a good starting place if you’re in the market for a new car, the decision will be unique to your situation, as well as your preferences. Those with a larger family may be more inclined to look at large SUVs such as the Toyota LandCruiser, while those who prefer an SUV but aren’t willing to spend big may be interested in the smaller Mazda CX-3 or Hyundai Kona.
As with any big decision, it’s best to do your research before you step into a dealership, as factors such as fuel economy, safety, technology and extras could all sway your final decision, with each brand and SUV usually available with a variety of models. Comparing SUVs may be time-consuming, but will have been worth it when you get behind the wheel of your dream car, knowing you drove away with a good deal. And if you’re looking for something a bit smaller, why not check out our guide on the best-selling small cars in Australia.
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